Getting in touch with other members of the local business community can help you grow and develop your business. Whether you meet people from other business sectors, or within your own industry, networking can provide advice, support and useful contacts. Your local borough or district council may also provide advice and support.
Business support and mentoring
Business East Sussex
Business East Sussex is a free service to East Sussex businesses funded by East Sussex County Council and the Local Growth Fund. It provides unbiased navigation to the most relevant bodies, companies and organisations for business support needs. (Note that some of these providers may charge for their services.)
Fred Thomas is the first point of contact for business enquiries. In order to ‘Ask Fred’ either email him on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fred during office hours on 0844 415 2260.
Locate East Sussex
Locate East Sussex, based in St Leonard’s on Sea, supports growing and start-up businesses in East Sussex and provides assistance with location decisions and access to funding to accelerate growth as well as providing valuable connections to local planning and economic development teams. Locate East Sussex contributes to the creation of a more desirable environment for the growth of new and existing businesses throughout the county, as well as promoting inward business migration. Locate East Sussex offers clear and impartial advice at no cost to businesses that seek its support.
Contact: email@example.com, 0844 4159255.
Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP)
An ERDF funded programme supporting SME Manufacturers. The MGP provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help:
- identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement;
- work with the best external experts to implement those plans;
- cover up to 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through a growth/improvement grant;
- connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth.
The contact for East Sussex is firstname.lastname@example.org, 07773 228147.
Mentoring schemes for digital, media and technology companies.
Government resources for businesses
Businesses and self-employed – GOV.UK
The government’s online resource for businesses contains essential information and tools for start-ups and large organisations.
Chambers of commerce
The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (ACES)
Linking together all the Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors in East Sussex.
Sussex Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce for the whole of Sussex.
South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)
Businesses, local government and other key organisations from East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock are part a Local Enterprise Partnership working to help business to grow and to create new jobs.
Not-for-profit enterprise agency providing confidential and impartial business advice.
Federation of Small Businesses
Lobbying and benefits group for small firms and self-employed people.
Let’s Do Business Group
Business training and support in Sussex, Kent and Surrey.
Wealden Business Help
Advice and help for businesses in Wealden.
The 1066 Country Marketing partnership is committed to helping tourism businesses through joint marketing campaigns, website content, working with the travel trade and networking events.
Arts & Business
A not-for-profit organisation that promotes and facilitates networking between business and the arts.
First Friday Lewes
Informal networking events for businesses in Lewes. They take place on the first Friday of every month.
Build East Sussex
Opportunities in construction for suppliers, subcontractors and jobseekers, matching buisinesses with buyers. Registration required.
West Kent Networking
A support and business contact network which includes East Sussex. Free membership.
Borough and district councils
Contracts and procurement
Doing business with us
How to tender for contracts with East Sussex County Council.
South East Business Portal
Main website for contracts and tendering opportunities with councils and fire and rescue services in the south east.
Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)
Free access to business opportunities, with procurement notices from across Europe.
The National Export System for export declarations
If you are an exporter then you must use the National Export System to declare your exports to countries outside the EU.
UK Trade & Investment
Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK.